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From the Editor....

                                                   inemas and Theatres… Open-Air or Hard-Top… like so
                                               Cmany of you – I love them.
                                                  Whether they be quite grand or quite humble, these wonderful
                                                buildings in all their different shapes and forms have a special
                                                magic about them – a place where we come together to gaze at a
                                                big screen and be transported into another world.
                                                  Far too many have been lost – even more have been long
                                                forgotten – but they are all part of our rich cinema heritage; and thanks to the writing,
                                                research and passion of so many like-minded people, I am pleased to again bring you a
                                                fantastic mix of stories, articles, reminiscences and photos to not only transport us, but
                                                also to celebrate and document their very existence.
           The official journal of the Cinema And
                                                  I do hope you will enjoy this edition of CinemaRecord as much as l have.
               Theatre Historical Society Inc.
                        Australia                                                                    Happy Reading!
                                                                                                       Kevin Adams

           ISSN 1443-3664 • Published quarterly
                   Editor: Kevin Adams
                                              Letters                             Dear Editor,

                 CinemaRecord Artwork:                                             For many years I have been searching
            Bill Kerr, Optimum Design 9347 6969                                 without any success for photographs of the
                                                                               Plaza Theatre that once stood on
                                                  Dear Editor,                  Melbourne Road in Newport, Victoria. I'm
              The main aim of CATHS and this                                    hopeful that one of your members may have
                                                  Thank you for CinemaRecord 68 – an
           publication is to accurately document and                            a snap or two among their collection and
                                               excellent issue. You arrange an excellent
           create an archive of the history of  group of photographs with each article.   would like to share them - here's hoping!
           cinemas and theatres.                                                   Keep up the good work, CinemaRecord
                                                  It will be interesting to see if all-digital
              Input in the form of articles,   theatre operations will be successful.  is a great magazine, I look forward to the
                                                                                next issue!
           constructive criticism, and substantiated  It all sounds simple to operate but l
           dispute of printed matter is welcome, and  wonder what may happen if the computer  Kind Regards - Jon Fabian
           necessary to enable us to reach our  were to crash and wipe-out the program
           objective.                          information?                        Hi Kevin,
              Opinions expressed are those of the  I worked in the Fox film despatch in  CinemaRecord number 68 was truly
                                               Sydney during the 1950s; their methods  stunning. The colour cover was superb! All
           Editor or contributors, and unless
                                               hadn’t changed. New-Release films were  I could do was skim: I had a guest around,
           expressly stated so, are not necessarily
                                               put onto spools and placed in trunks. If the  and was tactfully ignoring what he was
           those of the Cinema And Theatre
                                               prints were required for interstate release,  saying while I turned the pages.
           Historical Society Inc.             the film examiners would break them down     Regards - Roderick Smith
              Articles printed in CinemaRecord  again to single reels and when the prints              Surrey Hills.
           should not be reproduced without the  were returned for the suburban release they  Dear Kevin,
                                               had to be spooled again.
           permission of the author or the editor.                                 Thank you so much for CinemaRecord
                                                  I tried to suggest to them that they
              All photos are from the collection of                             67, l found it very interesting and a great
                                               should ship trunks for all the film releases
           the person or organisation stated. Every                             write up about Rowville Drive-In Theatre.
                                               they shipped trunks and all - and l was told
           effort has been made to trace the                                       It would be my pleasure to write of my
                                               it was not until Fox introduced
           ownership of copyright. In the event of  CinemaScope and films were imported in  husband’s history in the industry as there
           any questions arising as to the use of any  2000ft reels (because of the 4-track stereo  would still be ones he worked with –
           material, the author and publisher will be  recordings) did they ship them like other  retired, but still around.
           happy to make the necessary corrections  distributors.                  It bought back memories of the
           in future printings.                   It is a strange circumstance for the  Athenaeum as he worked there and said it
              Contributions and suggestions for  motion-picture industry and for cinema  seemed the longest climb to any bio-box!
           CinemaRecord are most welcome. Please  operators that they are endeavouring to  To fill in time sometimes they would
           contact the Editor if you are planning  combat movie piracy and yet we have  drop small chocolates from up on top down
                                               Foxtel advertising to subscribers to  to the usherettes and try and get the
           to write an article for the magazine.
                                               download the latest movies!      chocolates down the front of their blouses!
           We may be able to assist you with
                                                  Thank you again for your great work.  In the warmer weather the chocolates
           information, contacts, etc and it will help                          would melt and the poor girls would have
           us with forward planning.                      Best Wishes - William Gray  to go and change because of the chocolate
                                                                  North Parramatta.
                                                                               stain - he did not say how successful they
                                                                                were in hitting the target!
                  Contact: Kevin Adams
                 Telephone: 0409 946 066          READERS CONTRIBUTIONS                Many thanks again - Gwen Hayes
             Email:         ARE MOST WELCOME                                  Narrawong.
                Postal Address: PO Box 476,       Email:  Front Cover: Hoyts Royal in Newcastle, NSW.
                  Bentleigh, Victoria, 3204     Postal: PO Box 476, Bentlieigh, Vic. 3204.  From the Kevin Adams Collection.

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